Longleat launch a virtual tour of its Safari Park

The virtual safari tour which is available to watch for free on the Longleat website - received over half a million views. Longleat reports that audiences spanned as far as Australia, New Zealand, America, India and the UAE.

“We devised the virtual tour as a way for people to still be able to enjoy the experience of the drive-through safari from their own homes”

James Bailey, Longleat’s marketing director, said: “The response has been absolutely phenomenal. We have received literally thousands of positive comments and many people opted to add their own additions to the tour.

“Some decided to watch it in their parked cars while others transformed their living rooms into mini-safari-parks with animal toys.”

Narrated by BBC’s Animal Park presenter Kate Humble, the 30-minute guided tour also features video footage (including from a drone) and photos and follows the drive-through safari route. This begins at the East Africa Reserve, home to the park’s giraffe and zebra, leading to the Monkey Drive-Thru. 

Longleat’s big cats, including lions, tigers and cheetahs, appear on the tour, as do rhinos, flamingos, camels and antelope. 

Tributes to the owner of Longleat Safari Park

Alexander Thynn - also known as Lord Bath - passed away on 4th April, the same day that Longleat launched its virtual tour. 

Lord Bath was 87 and died after being admitted to the Royal United Hospital in Bath, where it was confirmed he had coronavirus. 

A statement from Longleat and the Thynn family said: “The family would like to express their great appreciation for the dedicated team of nurses, doctors and other staff who cared so professionally and compassionately for Alexander in these extremely difficult times for everyone.”